Comparison of Hg0 capture efficiencies of three in situ generated sorbents

Tai Gyu Lee, Pratim Biswas, Elizabeth Hedrick

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Three different sorbent materials (Ti-, Si-, and Ca-based) were compared for their mercury (Hg0) capture efficiencies in an entrained flow reactor. Agglomerated particles with a high specific surface area were generated in situ by injecting gas-phase sorbent precursors into a high-temperature furnace reactor. Titania particles in the presence of UV irradiation were most effective at mercury capture (> 98%). In situ generated CaO particles had a capture efficiency of 33% (without any UV irradiation), while SiO2 was completely ineffective at Hg0 capture. The efficiency of elemental Hg capture of both CaO and TiO2 particles decreased with increasing SO2 concentration. The increase in the feed rate of the Ti sorbent resulted in the recovery of the higher Hg0 capture efficiency due to the availability of more active sites. The in situ generated titania sorbents were also effective at Hg0 capture (> 87%) at elevated temperatures (160°C).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-961
Number of pages8
JournalAIChE Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Apr

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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